Earth Day, created to raise awareness and appreciation for the globe’s natural resources, can teach us a lot about how natural products are good for you. Europe has lead the charge with its ECOCERT labeling for organic products in a clear and rigorous way, but the US has caught up quite a bit over the past few years and now savvy consumers can purchase paraben and phthalate-free products even in drugstore aisles. Now that’s something to rejoice at.
Here are some ways you can celebrate Earth Day with beauty products that work.
This beautiful plant-patterned styling creme will not only give your hair style, definition, and hold, but will help you appreciate the benefits of natural ingredients. It contains shea butter, aloe vera, black cumin, and clary sage to moisturize and strengthen, and all this amounts to soft, bouncy hair with tons of shine. A special anti-inflammatory ingredient also makes this product ideal for those with itchy and dry scalps.
The ECOCERT natural mud from the Dead Sea is one of my all-time favorite indulgences, next to a box of dark chocolate. A perfect mid-week pick me up for the face or for an added boost of hydration, this mud has a minimum of 95% natural ingredients, and at least 10% are organic. While mud is typically associated with cleansing, the Dead Sea mud is mineral-rich and helps with hydration and pH balance. This body mask is the ideal thing for a quick pick me up.
With “nude” makeup becoming all the rage (again), there’s no surprise that haircare has jumped on that bandwagon too. Herbal Essences, a brand that has always been about natural ingredients, has launched the “Naked” line, featuring a dry shampoo, shampoo/conditioner, souffle, and spritzer that will help your hair shine naturally (without the need for too many extra products). The Naked Volume Dry Shampoo is my particular favorite because it helps you get voluminous hair during the in-between washing days; plus, it doesn’t contain parabens—it’s as close as you can get to nudie hair.
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This luxury brand, which was Marilyn Monroe’s go to skin care of choice, has a deliciously decadent yet 97% natural bar of soap: Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. It is also infused with minerals from the Dead Sea, and exfoliates and refines skin as naturally as one possibly can.
Everything in the Whole Foods beauty aisle is fair game these days. They are imposing strict standards on what they will accept as natural (“We’re working to make organic mean organic in every aisle throughout our stores,” the company says on its web site). One of my favorite everyday finds is this rich coconut lotion that boasts broad spectrum UV protection from zinc oxide, as well as neem and papaya extracts. It’s just one of the reasons to shop there for beauty.